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Protest FIA and GANA's invitations to Narendra Modi and Ashok Bhatt

We at Friends of South Asia are alarmed at reports that FIA (Federation of Indian Associations) and GANA (Gujarati Associations of North America) have extended invitations to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat's Health Minister Ashok Bhatt, to attend the GANA convention on July 7-9, 2006.

Narendra Modi and Ashok Bhatt are widely regarded as the chief architects of the carnage in Gujarat in 2002, 
in which more than 2000 Muslims lost their lives and 200,000 more fled their homes. We are appalled that organizations such as FIA and GANA, which are supposed to represent the collective interests of Indians and Indian Americans in the US, would choose to invite Mr. Modi and Mr. Bhatt, thus implicitly endorsing and promoting their agenda of sectarian hatred and violence.

Please join us and an array of other organizations and individuals who believe in a secular, democratic and pluralistic South Asia, in registering your protest at these invitations.   

View organizational and individual endorsements  here.

A host of organizations and individuals have written and endorsed this letter to FIA and GANA, the organizers of the event for which Narendra Modi and Ashok Bhatt have been invited. Read the letter here.

We are calling on organizational endorsements as well as individual signatures.

For organizational endorsements: Please send in the full name of the organization, city,state and also the webpage of the group (or a one-line description of the group).
For individual signatures: Please send in first and last name, city, state (and any relevant affiliation)

Email your endorsements ASAP to mail[at]


Jul 7, 2006. South Asian Organizations Decry Invitations to Narendra Modi, Ashok Bhatt.  Press Release by Friends of South Asia (FOSA)

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